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Fisker Files Bankruptcy, DOE Loses $139M

Fisker Automotive has filed for bankruptcy protection and the Department of Energy sold its loan to a Hong Kong-based investor for $25 million, losing some $139 million in the deal. The DOE will have recovered a total of $53 million from the original $192 disbursed. Hybrid Technology Holdings, led by … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Scotts Miracle-Gro, Shell Drilling, Solyndra, APEC Summit

Pesticides producer Scotts Miracle-Gro was ordered to pay a $12.5 million in fines, penalties and project costs and perform community service violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Scotts will pay a $4 million fine for eleven criminal violations, and will pay over $6 million in penalties and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: 54.5 MPG, Carbon Tax Revenue, Solyndra Tax Breaks

The Obama Administration finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. The standards issued by the Department of Transportation and the EPA follow implementation of the administration’s standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2011-2016. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: LA Feed-in-Tariff, Solyndra Review, Coal Mining, EU ETS, Offshore Wind Lawsuit

Los Angeles City Council approved a measure to allow the Department of Water and Power (DWP) to move forward with a feed-in tariff initiative. The Clean LA Solar program will allow property owners to sell solar power generated from rooftops and parking lots back to the DWP, using a 150-megawatt … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: E15 Approved, Dioxin Exposure, Fracking Study, Utility MACT, Shell

The EPA approved ethanol fuel blend E15 for voluntary use in all autos and light trucks built since 2001 after completing testing of E15’s impact on engine durability and auto emissions systems, writes Ethanol Producer Magazine. According to the Environmental Working Group, major automakers have warned that millions of vehicle … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: CARB Diesel Vehicles, China vs. EU ETS, Mexico Climate Law

California’s On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles (In-Use) Regulation has shifted the reporting date to March 30, 2012, for most privately and federally owned diesel fueled trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds. The regulation requires installation of PM retrofits for heavier trucks beginning January … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Risk, Solyndra, MATS, Clean Air Act, China Diesel Emissions

Insurance commissioners in California, New York and the state of Washington said that insurance companies must disclose disaster response and risk management plans for increasingly severe storms and wildfires, rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change. The new state regulations reveal the insurance industry’s role in mediating the … Read more »

Solar Costs Are Dropping. Is It in Your Future?

With all the bad press from the federal bailout of Solyndra, one fact was forgotten. Sales of Solyndra’s alternative solar cell design dropped, leading to its bankruptcy, because of a glut in the market of polysilicon, the semiconductor used in the most common type of solar panel. In fact, polysilicon’s … Read more »

Renewables Briefing: NextEra, Google, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Boeing and SolarCity

A NextEra Energy Resources LLC wind farm in Oklahoma providing energy to Google is operational, according to McClatchy-Tribune Regional News. The 100.8 MW Minco II Wind Energy Center (pictured) in Grady and Caddo counties, Okla., will help power Google’s data center near Pryor, Okla. Google Energy LLC and NextEra entered … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Pact Setback, California Tailpipe Rules, Biofuel Support

The world’s richest countries have all but given up on a new climate treaty that would take effect this decade ahead of next month’s talks in Durban, South Africa, The Guardian reported. Government officials from the United Kingdom, European Union, Japan and the United States said any global climate agreement … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rules, Soot Standard, Competing Studies

The EPA said that it will propose twice-delayed rules for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants early next year, Reuters reported. The agency delayed the release of the long-anticipated Clean Air Act rules in June and September amid an onslaught of criticism from Republicans in Congress. A coalition of health, … Read more »